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Dept. of Speculation

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book (nominee)
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book (nominee)
From the acclaimed author of Weather comes a slim, stunning portrait of a marriage--a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all.

ONE OF THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR - THENEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

A Best Book of the Year: The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vogue.com, Electric Literature, Buzzfeed


In the beginning, it was easy to imagine their future. They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. "Dept. of Speculation" was their code name for all the thrilling uncertainties that lay ahead. Then they got married, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life - a colicky baby, a faltering relationship, stalled ambitions.

When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains. In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story - a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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March 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 1-84708-873-2 / 978-1-84708-873-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 0-385-35081-3 / 978-0-385-35081-5 (USA edition)
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 1-84708-874-0 / 978-1-84708-874-1 (UK edition)
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Title: Dept. of Speculation (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 0-345-80687-5 / 978-0-345-80687-1 (USA edition)
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
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ISBN: 1-62923-183-5 / 978-1-62923-183-9 (USA edition)
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 1-62923-187-8 / 978-1-62923-187-7 (USA edition)
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Title: Dept. of Speculation (Vintage Contemporaries)
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